Challenge Learning Center
Columbia County Schools
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“Making Successful Strides Toward Excellence”
1301 N.W. Labonte Lane
Lake City, Fl 32055
Phone: 386-755-8296

Principal - Deborah Hill


     The term alternative education broadly refers to the public schools which have been set up by the school district, within the state of Florida, for the population of students that are not succeeding in the traditional public school environment.  Alternative schools offer students who are failing academically or may have learning disabilities or behavioral problems an opportunity to achieve in a different setting.

     Challenge Learning Center is the secondary Alternative Education program for Columbia County Schools.  It also houses students with special needs, (Severely Emotionally Disabled and Trainable Mentally Handicapped).  Some of these students are housed in self-contain classrooms.
The goal of the Challenge Learning Center is to improve student’s academic performance, attendance, and discipline.  The curriculum is based on the Florida Sunshine Standards and the Columbia County Student Progression Plan.

     In additional to a rigorous academic focus, Challenge Learning Center provides support and counseling to students.  A Behavior Specialist is also assigned to Challenge to assist students with learning to develop behavior modification strategies. Students are assigned to Challenge Learning Center for a minimum of 18 Weeks.  Transition back to the regular setting is contingent upon students earning their way back, based on our Success Point System.  During their assignment students must demonstrate improvement in behavior, attendance, and academics.  The following standards are used to measure a students success in these areas:  no more than two referrals;  no more than five unexcused absences; and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 
 



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          To create a safe, orderly learning environment conducive to the preparation of highly motivated students;

  To work to ensure that all students achieve to the maximum of their abilities; and

         To prepare students to be successful in their career/technical training or higher education and in the workplace.


EEO STATEMENT

The Columbia County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age disability or marital status in its educational programs, services or activities, or in its hiring or employment practices.  The district also provides equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other patriotic youth groups, as required by the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act.  Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding discrimination or harassment may be sent to:

Narragansett M. Smith

Columbia County School District

Equity Officer

372 W Duval Street

Lake City, FL 32055

(386) 755-8015